Throw back Thursday?
What does your garden grow.
Journal entry #1 2005
God has always used images of gardens to speak
to my heart. Every spring I try to plant a garden, excited to see the fruit of
my labor. My only downfall is that I am what my husband calls “Spatially
Challenged”. My rows are never even, I plant things where I think they will
look pretty and basically don’t really have a system. Some years my methods
yield some produce but usually I have no success with tomatoes. I forget to tie
them up and weeds usually choke the vines.
Last year I was just as hopeful when I began
planting in spring. Then came mid July with all the weeds and drooping plants.
I began to get discouraged every time I looked out at my garden. It did not
look like my neighbors neatly tended garden. I was also becoming discouraged in
the spiritual realm. I was often comparing my service at church and my desire
to serve God with others around me.
One day, I was once again lamenting my soggy
cucumbers, drooping green beans and rotting tomatoes. It was, as I was
gathering basketful after basketful of red raspberries that God opened my eyes.
I was indeed producing fruit literally and spiritually. I just needed to
stop comparing myself to others. God was God and He was the Gardener, I was the
garden. The Holy Spirit who dwells in me will produce the kind of fruit the
Master desires. MY fruit may be wild and prickly but it is sweet to the savior.
My job is to offer it and share it with all who the Lord places in my path.
What kind of fruit will you bear this year? I am
sure it is exactly what God has planted.
2 Corinthians 9:8
“God is able to make all Grace abound to you, so
that in all things at all times having all you need you will abound in every